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Nervous tics

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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Does anybody else have any experience with nervous tics and anxiety in kids?  My son is 7 and has dealt with this for about 4 years.  It is starting to frustrate him.  For the most part we just ignor it, but there are times I get frustrated as well, or other kids will ask him why he is doing whatever he happens to be doing at that point.  Of course that just makes it worse. 

Does anybody know of anything that might help?

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steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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My oldest suffers from anxiety and seeing a therapist helped him a lot. He leaned more acceptable ways to cope.
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LovlyRita
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM
One of my Girl Scouts had a pretty severe one when I first met her. She is going into 3rd grade this year and she is doing so much better. I believe scouts has really helped her self esteem and her mom says the same. She left the troop for a year and really digressed so her mom put her back in. Things like karate and ballet have really helped too.
mama_pink_tink
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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My son has a nervous tick just like his dads. We haven't reached a point where it has been bothersome though. Check and see if the school psychologist can assist!
ljmom24
by Gold Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

No ticks but oldest has anxiety issues. he sees someone for it and it does help. He has learned some coping skills and I have seen a big difference.

He does have anything in the mouth habbit (toys, hands, pens, strings) not sure if its a nervous thing, self focusing thing or something else but he was always an oral child and we have tried everything short of electro shock therapy to break the habbit. Its to the point now we just say without looking at him "out of your mouth" and 90% of the time he had something in his mouth.

chinosruca
by Gold Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Have you taken him in to be evaluated? My friends son had a nervous tick and they found that he had tourettes. He is a pretty awesome kid (he doesn't swear or have major outburst like some people think kids with tourettes do). My friend is trying a natural approach and sees big changes (he is NOT cured and it is not completely suppressed) by eating a paleo (dairy free, gluten free) diet. She has also cut out all food coloring that is in food (there are a ton of studies on food coloring and childrens behavior). Maybe have him seen by a specialist in order to have him diagnosed correctly. Get a second opinion if needed and be cautious of some of the meds they want to put kids on. I believe sone meds are necessary, but kids with any kind of emotional or mental problem seem to be given pills without a lot of real help. My nephew is ADHD, but not to the extreme. His doctor INSISTS he should be on medication. No one agrees with him, so his mom also does things to improve his diet and take out food coloring. 

Andrea5155
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Thanks!  I have mentioned it to the Doctors before and they don't help much.  Basically if it doesn't interfere with his school performance just ignor it, if it starts to they would talk about meds (which I don't want to do).  It didn't seem to interfere with school too much in kindergarten, but the only person that he was driving crazy was myself and my husband.  He was licking his hands, and therefore sick ALL the time.  Now it seems to be frustrating him.  I'm sure school getting ready to start in making it worse right now.  Maybe I will start with his teacher and see how the first few weeks of school go then re-evaluate.

He is a very active child too, and you are right.  He isn't currently in anything and it seems to be worse.  He will be starting soccer soon, maybe that will help some.

Jinx-Troublex3
by Platinum Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

 Since it is a licking issue, I would see abouta chew bracelet or other chewable object. Maybe get an IEP so that he can chew gum in class to keep his mouth busy.

GwenMB
by Gwen on Aug. 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

It might not hurt to get a second opinion from another pediatrician. I know there are more specialized pediatricians, too, that deal with developmental delays or other issues more.

Quoting Andrea5155:

Thanks!  I have mentioned it to the Doctors before and they don't help much.  Basically if it doesn't interfere with his school performance just ignor it, if it starts to they would talk about meds (which I don't want to do).  It didn't seem to interfere with school too much in kindergarten, but the only person that he was driving crazy was myself and my husband.  He was licking his hands, and therefore sick ALL the time.  Now it seems to be frustrating him.  I'm sure school getting ready to start in making it worse right now.  Maybe I will start with his teacher and see how the first few weeks of school go then re-evaluate.

He is a very active child too, and you are right.  He isn't currently in anything and it seems to be worse.  He will be starting soccer soon, maybe that will help some.


wakymom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

 I know there are chew necklaces available. The younger sister (kindergarten age) of one of dd's friends has a couple.

Maybe you could also get a small textured ball for him to keep in his pocket to fiddle w/, or put some velcro under his desk for him to rub if his hand licking is not just an oral thing but also a touch stimulation issue.

 

 

 

mumsy2three
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

My youngest son had a very rough first grade year. It was not a good student teacher match, because of that he had intense anxiety related to school. He began biting his nails, he studdered at times and had a throat clearing tic. It took a couple of years and some really great teachers to help him see he is safe in school and he is a good student. He still clears his throat at times when he is anxious, usually at the start of the school year and will bite his nails, just not down to the quick like before. Once he settles in and gets comfortable the tics stop.

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